Rising Stars 2020 Workshop

The IEEE SSCS Women in Circuits together with ISSCC will be sponsoring the first “Rising Stars 2020” for young professionals and students.  The Rising Stars 2020 is an educational workshop for graduate and undergraduate students, and young professionals who have graduated within the last two years, and are interested in learning how to excel at academic and industry careers in computer science, computer and electrical engineering.  The concept is based on previous academic rising stars workshops launched at MIT in 2012, however, at ISSCC 2020 we will be inviting all attendees and the public to the educational panels on academic and industry careers. 


"The rising stars program is a fantastic opportunity for women to hear from rising stars and leaders in the circuit design field. I highly recommend female graduate students to apply for the workshop. It will allow them to network with their peers and to rise to the top in the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society." - Dina Reda El-Damak 


The ISSCC 2020 event includes two parallel academia and industry career panels titled “Navigating the Assistant Professorship” and “Rising to the Top in Industry” that will be open to all ISSCC 2020 attendees and to the general public at no additional cost.  Well-recognized senior, mid-level, and young professionals will be available to answer your questions on navigating careers in either industry or academia.  We encourage you to register for the event on the ISSCC 2020 website.



In addition to the panels, we will be selecting 20 rising stars in academia and industry to attend a special dinner, keynote from a high-profile already “Risen Star”, and mentoring session.  There will be a pre-dinner event introduction and welcome, networking, and poster event for the selected 20 rising stars where leading figures in the solid-state circuits community will be available for an intimate question and answer session.


Rising Stars 2020 


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Burcin Cakir is a postdoctoral fellow in Computer Science department of Harvard University. She received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Bilkent University, and her Ph.D. degree from Princeton University. Her research motivation is formulating models that can represent real systems accurately and express mathematical bases/frameworks for further analysis. Currently, she is working on designing hardware accelerator extensions for domain specific machine learning applications and microarchitectural design space exploration. During her PhD, she had experience in developing algorithms and analyses to help design secure hardware systems. She is a recipient of Francis Robbins Upton Fellowship award from Princeton University. Her work on Hardware Trojan detection received Best Paper Award at DATE Conference (2015). She also has served as a referee on various journals and conferences and gave workshop and seminar talks. Besides her work at Princeton, she also had experience in industry research with two internships at Microsoft Research (MSR) in Redmond (WA) and Cambridge (UK) Labs.

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Najme Ebrahimi is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor since September 2017. At the University of Michigan, she is mainly conducting research on both mm-Wave/THz high data rate communication and sensing in addition to the security and connectivity of the next generation of distributed Internet-of-Things (IoT) network. She earned her PhD from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in June 2017, with thesis emphasize on enabling high data rate and scalable mm-wave phased array for the next generation of smart wireless world. She received her MS degree and BS degree, with highest honors, from Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Poly technique) in 2011 and Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran, in 2009, respectively. She is the recipient of PhD Endowed Graduate Fellowship from UCSD (2012-2013) and U-M Departmental Postdoctoral Fellowship (2017-2019). She is currently serving as the vice-chair of IEEE Southeastern Michigan for Microwave Theory and Techniques Chapter where she is awarded MTT-s Travel Grant (2019). She is also selected as 2019 EECS Rising Star.


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Yasemin Engur received her B. Sc. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey in 2018. She is currently pursuing her M. Sc. degree in Electronics Engineering at the same university. She is a researcher in an R&D project called FLAMENCO which is an autonomous and fully implantable cochlear implant funded by European Research Council (ERC). Her research interests include wireless power transmission, power management circuits, and mixed-signal circuits for wearable and implantable medical applications.

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Preet Garcha received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from University of Calgary, Canada, in 2014 and the S.M. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA in 2016. From 2012 to 2013, she was an analog design intern at Semtech Corporation in Calgary, AB, Canada. She was a summer intern at Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX, in 2016. She is currently is a Ph.D. candidate in Anantha Chandrakasan's Energy Efficient Circuits & Systems group at MIT. Her research interests include low power analog and mixed signal circuit and systems design, including sensor interfaces and energy harvesting systems.

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Ava Hedayatipour received her B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran, in 2012, and the M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Shahid Rajaee Teacher Training University, Tehran, Iran, in 2015. In 2016, she joined the Department of Electrical Engineering, University Tennessee Knoxville, as a Research and teaching assistant pursuing Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering. Her current research interests include analog integrated circuit designs, bio-implantable and biomedical devices, low-power and low-noise designs, microelectronics, mixed-signal VLSI designs, and semiconductor devices.

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Yeseul Jeon received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, South Korea, in 2015 and 2017, respectively. She is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in the same school at KAIST. She has worked on developing packages and transceiver ICs based on channel-characteristic analysis. Her current research interests include low-power body-channel-communication (BCC) transceiver design for communication among wearable and implantable medical devices. She is also interested in chip-package co-design for high-speed wireline communication in memory devices, especially focused on the design for High Bandwidth Memory (HBM).

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Deeksha Lal received her Bachelors in Engineering degree (First Class with Distinction) in Electrical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi, India in 2013. In Fall 2013, she joined the PhD program in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at North Carolina State University (NCSU), and received her en-route Master’s degree in 2018. While at NCSU, she worked on design and development of millimeter-wave radios, with focus on high-performance mixers and sampling interfaces for Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs). In the summers of 2015 and 2016, she worked with the High Speed Converters group at Analog Devices Inc., Greensboro, NC, where she continued research on samplers for GS/s ADCs. In the summer of 2018, she worked as an RFIC Design Intern at Anokiwave, Boston, where she joined as a Senior RFIC Design Engineer in Spring 2019. At Anokiwave, she is involved in the design of integrated circuits for millimeter-wave phased arrays. Her current research interests include design of RF and analog integrated circuits, and millimeter-wave phased-array transceivers for high data-rate wireless communications. 

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Albert Liu received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from California Institute of Technology, and is currently working on his PhD with Michael Strano at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to joining MIT as a presidential fellow, Albert had worked with John Roberts, John Seinfeld, Gregory Fu, and Stacy Zones on different aspects of chemical catalysis. Since Albert joined MIT, he has expanded his research portfolio into the realm of low-dimensional electronic materials. Working with Michael Strano, he has made a series of discoveries including a new class of electrical energy harvesting process using single-walled carbon nanotubes called “Asymmetric Chemical Doping”, for which he has been recognized by a 2016 AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) Graduate Student Award in Carbon Nanomaterials and a 2017 Graduate Student Award from the Materials Science Society. More recently, Albert has pioneered a nano-fabrication method to assemble 2D material encapsulated colloidal particles as autonomous electronic devices, known as “Colloidal Electronics”, for which he has received the 2018 AIChE Graduate Student Award in Inorganic Materials and the 2019 Graduate Research Excellence in the AIChE Polymer Division. His current interest involves harnessing small molecule – low-dimensional material interactions for exploring emergent behaviors in dynamic electronic systems. 


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Fatemad Marefat (S’12) received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2011 and 2014, respectively. For her M.S. thesis, she developed a novel multichannel analog-to-digital converter (ADC) for high-density neural recording microsystems. Currently, she is working toward her Ph.D. degree at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. Her research interests include analog and mixed-signal integrated circuit and system design for implantable physiological and health monitoring applications.

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Susnata Mondal received the B.Tech. and M.Tech. degrees in electronics and electrical communication engineering from IIT Kharagpur, Kharagpur, India, in 2015. He is pursuing the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering with Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. His current research interests include millimeter-wave circuit designs for emerging fifth-generation (5G) and beyond 5G applications. He was a recipient of the DAAD WISE Fellowship in 2013, the Institute Proficiency Prize Best B.Tech. Project Award at IIT Kharagpur in 2014, the Analog Devices Outstanding Student Designer Award in 2017, and the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Predoctoral Achievement Award in 2019.

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Sujin Park received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering, in 2016 and 2018, respectively, from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon, South Korea, where she is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree. Her current research interests include sensor interface circuits, capacitance-to-digital converter, CMOS integrated sensors, and high-resolution data converters. She is awarded ISSCC Student-Research Preview (SRP) Outstanding Poster award and South Korea Semiconductor Design Contest award. 

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Alexander received his B.Sc in electrical engineering from the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 2016 where he is now pursuing a PhD in electrical engineering. As part of his PhD, he is designing a low-noise cryogenically-cooled CMOS receiver for the synthesis telescope at the Dominion Radio Astrophysics Observatory (DRAO) in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada. His research interests lie at the intersection of analog/RF integrated circuits (especially CMOS) and astrophysics instrumentation. He is also interested in circuit design education. He is Vice Chair of the IEEE Southern Alberta Section Solid-State Circuits (SSCS) and Circuits and Systems (CAS) chapter and the Chair of the University of Calgary IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) student branch.

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Avantika Singh completed her Bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, India in 2014 with First Class Distinction. She earned the prestigious TUM-Asia scholarship to pursue a specialised graduate coursework in Integrated Circuit (IC) Design, jointly offered by Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and Technical University of Munich (Germany). She also served as a Graduate Student Researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits, Erlangen, Germany on a potential patent project which dealt with feasibility and investigation of analogue implementation of Feed Forward Equalizers for PAM-4 signals. Upon graduating with Distinction in 2016, she was employed as an R&D Analogue IC Design Engineer in the Signal Integrity Products Group of Semtech Corporation, Stansted, UK.  She was actively involved in the design and development of multi-rate transceiver ICs for high speed broadband optical communication ranging from 10Gbps to 56GBd per channel. Currently, she is a 1st year PhD Student with the Next Generation Networking Systems (NGNS) Group at the University of California, Davis, USA. Avantika ranked 2nd at the IEEE Electromagnetics Olympiad organised by IEEE AP-MTT Chapter, Kolkata, India in 2013. As part of her work at Semtech, she developed an internal IP to detect data pattern mismatch for high speed transceiver ICs. Her compelling passion for the field has taken her across three continents in a very short time with design experience across the board- legacy nodes (0.36um, 0.18um), advanced node (55nm) and high speed (SiGe- BiCMOS). Her professional interest is chiefly concentrated towards utilizing insights from three distinct areas of advanced technology – High Speed Electronics, Photonics and Semiconductor Manufacturing - to find solutions to the problems faced by one of the world’s fastest-growing industries – Data Centers. In her free time, she enjoys writing couplets, playing chess, watching musical theatres and blogging on wwwsquanderedtalent.wordpress.com.

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Xiyuan Tang received the B.Sc. degree (Hons.) from the School of Microelectronics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, in 2012, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA, in 2014 and 2019 respectively, where he is currently a post-doctoral researcher. He was a Design Engineer with Silicon Laboratories, Austin, from 2015 to 2017, where he was involved in the RF receiver design.

His intellectual focus of the research is on developing integrated circuit solutions to advance the development in emerging technologies, with focus on IoT (e.g., intelligent sensor), healthcare (e.g., low-cost monitor/diagnosis), and next-generation communication (e.g., 5G).

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Yuke Zhang received the Bachelor of Engineering degree from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing, China in 2014, and the Master of Applied Science degree from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, in 2016, both in department of electrical engineering. She is now pursuing Ph.D degree in department of electrical engineering at University of Southern California. Her research focuses on mixed-signal computing.

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Boyi Zheng received the B.S. degree in Microelectronics from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China in 2016 and the M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2018. She is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her current research interests include digital intensive communication systems, as well as Digital Direct to RF and beamforming techniques. She was a recipient of Analog Device Outstanding Student Designer Award in 2017. 


The agenda is below.  Speakers and panelists are also listed below.

Time SSCS Women in Circuits Rising Stars 2020
4:00 - 5:00 PM Introduction, Welcome, Posters, Networking, and Photos (Invited Attendees Only)
5:00 - 6:30 PM Networking Dinner, Dinner Keynote, and Mentoring (Invited Attendees Only)
6:30 - 7:30 PM Industry Panel (Open to Public) / Academia Panel (Open to Public)
7:30 - 8:30 PM Join ISSCC 2020 SRP Program 


 IEEE SSCS Women in Circuits Rising Stars 2020 Workshop Panelists and Speakers


Pre-Dinner Networking and Poster Event (4:00 PM - 5:00 PM)

Introduction and Welcome

1. Welcome, Introductions to Rising Stars, Speakers and Panelists, Committee Members, and Program Overview (15-min)

Dr. Farhana Sheikh, Senior Staff Scientist, Intel Corporation

Prof. Rabia Yazicigil, Assistant Professor, Boston University

2.  Networking and Posters (45-min)

Rising Stars present their posters and network with panelists, speakers, and Women in Circuits Committee.


Academia Career Panel: "Navigating the Assistant Professorship" 

Introduction by Moderators: (6:30 PM - 6:35 PM)

Distinguished Talk (6:35 - 6:50 PM)

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Panel Discussion: (6:50 PM - 7:30 PM)

Moderator: Jane Gu, Associate Professor, ECE, UC Davis 

Moderator: Dina Reda El-Damak, Assistant Professor, University of Southern California

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Azita Emami


California Institute of Technology


 Esther R. Villegas


Imperial College of London

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Jerald Yoo

Associate Professor

N.1 Institute for Health, National University of Singapore

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Zhengya Zhang

Associate Professor

University of Michigan

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Milin Zhang

Assistant Profesor

Tsinghua University 

Industry Career Panel: "Rising to the Top in Industry"

Introduction by Moderators (6:30 - 6:35 PM)

Distinguished Talk (6:35 PM - 6:50 PM) 


"Words of Wisdom"

Dr. Alice Wang, Vice President, Hardware


Panel Discussion (6:50 PM - 7:30 PM)

Moderator: Alicia Klinefelter, Title, NVIDIA

Moderator: Zeynep Toprak Deniz, Research Staff Member, IBM Watson

Wendy Belluomi


Laura Fick

Mythic AI

Mike Mulligan

Silicon Labs


Kazuko Nishimura


Walker Turner



Women in Circuits Rising Stars 2020 Workshop Chair and Vice-Chair 

Farhana Sheikh

Rising Stars 2020 Workshop Chair

Farhana Sheikh

Senior Staff Scientist

Intel Corporation


Rising Stars 2020 Workshop Vice Chair

Rabia Yazicigil

Assistant Professor

Boston University 



 Women in Circuits Rising Stars 2020 Workshop Organizing Committee

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Dr. Edith Beigne




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Prof. Dina R. El-Damak

Assistant Professor

ECE, University of Southern California

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Prof. Q. Jane Gu

Associate Professor

ECE, U.C. Davis 

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Prof. Ulkuhan Guler

Assistant Professor

ECE, Worcester Polytechnic Institute


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Prof. Tinoosh Mohsenin

Associate Professor

ITE, University of Maryland







Prof. Rikky Muller

Assistant Professor

EECS, U.C. Berkeley


Prof. Negar Reiskarimian

Assistant Professor 


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Trudy Stetzler

Sr. Program Manager


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Prof. Vivienne Sze

Assistant Professor



Dr. Alice Wang

Senior Director, Silicon



 Kathy Wilcox

AMD Fellow


 Women in Circuits Rising Stars 2020 Workshop Advisory Board 

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Prof. Tsu-Jae K. Liu

Dean, College of Engineering

University of California, Berkeley









Prof. Andrea Goldsmith

Stephen Harris Professor in School of Engineering

Stanford University 









Prof. Anantha Chandrakasan

Dean, College of Engineering